Emergency Health and Nutrition Manager


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Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 134 staff.

SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced national to fill the following position: 

Position:                                           Emergency Health and Nutrition Manager

Place of Work:

Rwanda Kirehe/ Mahama Camp and Kigali)

Reports to:

Staff directly reporting to this post:

Staff indirectly reporting to this post:

Time frame:     

Tentative start date:                                                                  

Field Manager

Health Coordinator, Youth health Coordinator, Pharmacy Coordinator & HMIS Officer.

all medical staff


 As soon as possible

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Emergency Health Manager will work to implement, improve and monitor the overall Health & Nutrition of the Burundian refugees in Mahama Camp through provision of quality Comprehensive primary health care. The Emergency Health Manager will work collaboratively with the SC Kirehe health team; Ministry of Health staff (Kirehe District) and partners to meet the needs of patients, promote healthy behaviors, strengthen health systems and improve access to basic health services. The emergency health manager is also expected to take an advisory role on technical matters and ensure quality of implementation of the program and compliance with SC humanitarian health strategy. She/ He will work under the direct line management of Kirehe Field Manager and is also expected to work closely/coordinate with Health Technical Advisors (Backstop) HQ on technical matters/inputs.


  • Supervise and manage the health team by providing daily support in routine activities and solving issues.
  • Provide Technical support to the Health emergency programme by leading the strengthening of the integrated health and nutrition component in the current service delivery point in Mahama 2 Refugee Camp
  • Develop in collaboration with the coordinators detailed implementation plans and ensure quality standards in compliance with Save the Children humanitarian health and nutrition strategy, donor guidelines and priorities;
  • Oversee and follow up the implementation of the agreed plan for health projects from timing, budget and quality perspectives
  • Identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place and follow up a procurement plan,
  • Support the pharmacist and logistic team on drug management including planning, procurement, storage, transport and stock management of medicines.
  • Lead the coordination and preparation of quality and timely donor reports and any internal or external reporting
  • Work closely with the Field Manager and Kigali office in supporting fundraising for health, including development of quality concept notes and proposals.
  • Work closely with the Emergency Education and Protection programme teams to ensure an integrated     programme approach, identify ways of maximising links, sharing of experiences and lessons learnt
  • Ensure Quality Assurance for Health, Nutrition and HIV services
  • Ensure adherence to standard clinical guidelines in all clinic operations.
  • With the Pharmacy team, develop standard algorithms to monitor drug usage against diagnosis to ensure appropriateness of drug consumption and appropriate usage.
  • Develop an Incident Management System and SOP for managing adverse drug reactions.
  • Develop guidelines for the use and dispensing of psychotropic drugs.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with clinicians to review clinical cases, disease trends, review of reported mortality and develop action points
  • Ensure appropriate IPC and waste control measures are in place and adhered to in all clinic operations

Management of financial and human resources

  • Follow up closely the budget expenses for each health grant, support the field manager for cash forecast, and participle to review and revision of budgets in line with the budget and donor guidelines, SCI grant management and financial guidelines.
  • Assess, review the health project human resources needs when appropriate and participate in staff recruitment and performance review process
  • Ensure that staffing levels, management structures, and personnel processes are appropriate and effective to enable the implementation of the programme.
  • Provide training, capacity building and technical support to Health staff and relevant ministry/partners
  • Ensure Save the Children Child’s Protection and Safeguarding Children policies are understood, implemented and monitored and that it is integrated into all aspects of the team’s work.
  • Control and usage of Save the Children assets and funds and ensure the programme provides value for money.

Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders:

  • Engage with key Government Agencies and other stakeholders and duty-bearers at District level and national level, in particular to support the implementation of the health programme in Mahama Refugee Camp
  • Ensure an integrated approach to advocacy and programme work.
  • Represent Save the Children in various health related fora, meetings and workshops at the Kigali and Kirehe District level/strengthen & maintain links with relevant co-ordination mechanisms.
  • Ensure that regular and effective communications are maintained with Health Technical Advisors (both Regional & Member service) and other sectors within the organization for smooth program operations and implementation. 
  • As a key member of field Senior Management Team, actively participate in weekly Management and other team Meetings held in the field office
  • In additional to the above listed responsibilities the Emergency Health Manager will also be responsible for any other duty deemed necessary by the Line Manager.

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Lead on health, nutrition, HIV assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Work closely with the MEAL and operations teams to ensure that all projects related to health have robust
  • monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines

Carry out reasonable field visits to document observations and experiences and share them with operation and technical teams and influence management action for technical improvement in projects.

  • Work with MEAL team to carry out relevant studies and document and disseminate good practices in projects related to health both in emergencies and development 
  • In collaboration with other actors in Mahama Refugee Camp participate technically in periodic health surveys conducted in the camp

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children health staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

  • Able to assess and analyse key issues in the humanitarian situation and formulate actions around them
  • Actively engages in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
  • Leads on the development of an organisational response based on an understanding of the contexts

Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning
  • Demonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments
  • Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk
  • Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
  • Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners
  • Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes

Operating safely and securely:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
  • Undertakes effective risk assessments and develops contingency plans
  • Takes appropriate, coordinated and consistent action to handle situations of personal risk and risk for others
  • Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation

Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-care
  • Remains focused on the objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environment
  • Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Creates a managerial environment across the Region to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  • displays consistent excellent judgement


  • Qualified Health professional MD, Nurse (MPH preference) with at least five years of relevant experience preferably in primary health care service delivery in the context of emergencies
  •  An area of particular expertise within humanitarian emergency health
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically
    • Strong skills and experience in all aspects of programme development, including programme/project monitoring, review & evaluation.
    • Substantial experience of developing working relations with government, UN agencies INGO partner’s community stakeholders and beneficiaries
    • Fluency in written and spoken English and substantial experience in preparing projects proposals and reports to donors.           
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and commitment to capacity building of staff with proven skills as a trainer/facilitator and mentor.
    • Demonstrate skills in resource and staff management/development and the implementation of appropriate policies, procedures, and systems
    • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
  • Ability to be self-sufficient and resourceful.
    • Ability and willingness to travel to projects and stay in basic conditions.
  • Computer skills e.g.  Word, Power Point and Excel. 


  • Language skills: English – preferred language and French – added advantage - Kinyarwanda – added advantage
  • Experience of working on HIV /TB programmes in emergencies


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding - Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact. 

  • This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to HR-Rwanda@savethechildren.org. The deadline for receiving applications is 28th June 2017.

                    Please mention Emergency Health and Nutrition Manager as subject of your mail.

                               *Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.                                         

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